Harry Brighouse

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Harry Brighouse
Harry Brighouse (March, 2015).jpg
Mazatlan Forum 2015
Alma materKing's College London (BA)
University of Southern California (PhD)
Main interests
Political philosophy

Harry Brighouse is a British political philosopher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include the relationship between education and liberalism. His work on this topic has been widely cited by broadsheet newspapers, such as The Independent,[1] and The Guardian.[2][3]

His work has been published in The Independent,[4] New Statesman,[5] academic journals, and other newspapers and magazines. Brighouse has also written on justice more generally and on cosmopolitanism.

Brighouse received his B.A. from King's College London and earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California, under the direction of Barbara Herman. He is the son of Tim Brighouse, former commissioner of schools for London.[6]

Brighouse is a member of the Crooked Timber group blog.[7]


He was a Carnegie Scholar chosen by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2004 to work on a project entitled Educational Justice and Institutional Reform.[8] He is also a Senior Adviser to the Spencer Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving education through nonpartisan, high-quality academic research.[9] Brighouse is also a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA).[10]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Brighouse, Harry (2000). A level playing field: the reform of private schools. London: Fabian Society. ISBN 9780716330523.
  • Brighouse, Harry (2000). School choice and social justice. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198295860.
  • Brighouse, Harry (2003). School choice and social justice. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199257874.
  • Brighouse, Harry (2004). Justice. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 9780745625966. Translated into Polish as Brighouse, Harry (2007). Sprawiedliwość. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sic. ISBN 9788360457306.
  • Brighouse, Harry; Brock, Gillian (2005). The political philosophy of cosmopolitanism. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521846608.
  • Brighouse, Harry (2006). On education. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415327893.
  • Brighouse, Harry (2007). Sprawiedliwość. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sic. ISBN 9788360457306.
  • Brighouse, Harry; Robeyns, Ingrid (2010). Measuring justice: primary goods and capabilities. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781843156994.

Chapter in books[edit]

  • Brighouse, Harry (1998), "School choice: theoretical considerations", in Bowles, Samuel; Gintis, Herbert (eds.), Recasting egalitarianism: new rules for communities, states, and markets, England: New York Verso, pp. 141–180, ISBN 9781859848630
  • Brighouse, Harry (2007), "Schooling in a socialist society", in Anton, Anatole; Schmitt, Richard (eds.), Toward a new socialism, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 231–246, ISBN 9780739118627
  • Brighouse, Harry (2009), "Moral and political aims of education", in Siegel, Harvey (ed.), The Oxford handbook of philosophy of education, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 35–51, ISBN 9780195312881
  • Brighouse, Harry (2012), "Civility, citizenship, and the limits of schooling", in Mower, Deborah S; Robison, Wade L (eds.), Civility in politics and education, New York: Routledge, ISBN 9780415897259
  • Brighouse, Harry; Unterhalter, Elaine (2013), "Primary goods, capabilities, and the millennium development target for gender equity in education", in Comim, Flavio; Nussbaum, Martha C (eds.), Capabilities, gender, equality: towards fundamental entitlements, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 215–243, ISBN 9781107015692


  • Brighouse, Harry (October 2001). "Can justice as fairness accommodate the disabled?". Social Theory and Practice. 27 (4): 537–560. doi:10.5840/soctheorpract200127433.
  • Brighouse, Harry (June 2007). "Equality of opportunity and complex equality: the special place of schooling". Res Publica. 13 (2): 147–158. doi:10.1007/s11158-007-9029-8.
  • Brighouse, Harry; Swift, Adam (May 2009). "Educational adequacy versus educational equality". Journal of Applied Philosophy. 26 (2): 117–128. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5930.2009.00438.x.
  • Brighouse, Harry; Wright, Erik Olin (September 2008). "Strong gender egalitarianism". Politics and Society. 36 (3): 360–372. doi:10.1177/0032329208320566.
  • Brighouse, Harry; Fleurbaey, Marc (June 2010). "Democracy and proportionality". Journal of Political Philosophy. 18 (2): 137–155. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2008.00316.x.

Notable blog contributions[edit]


  1. ^ Macintyre, Donald (23 November 2000). "Labour should end this apartheid in education". The Independent. London. p. 3. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Professor Brighouse's most arresting proposal ... is to make the charitable status of private schools – and other incentives – conditional on their willingness to abolish academic selection. The idea is that parents seeking the purely academic benefits of private education would then be much less inclined to do so.
  2. ^ Walter, Natasha (27 August 2005). "Divine and rule". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Harry Brighouse, professor of philosophy and education policy studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has watched the expansion of ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) in America with distaste. "It is a crude curriculum. It doesn't encourage questioning or individual thought – it is very much based on rote learning."
  3. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (22 November 2000). "Reformers target private education". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Harry Brighouse of London University's institute of education, called for a new relationship between the sectors to ensure that the benefits of private education – more money, better resources and good academic results – are more widely distributed for the benefit of all pupils.
  4. ^ Brighouse, Harry (2 April 2002). "Why the left should now learn to love education vouchers". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  5. ^ Brighouse, Harry (12 January 2004). "You can't have a cut-price Eton". New Statesman. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  6. ^ Brighouse, Tim (27 August 2004). "Can comprehensives really work?". Times Educational Supplement (TES). Retrieved 9 April 2014. Tim Brighouse is the commissioner for London schools and Harry Brighouse's father
  7. ^ Harry, (blog). "Posts by author: Harry". Crooked Timber. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Professor Harry Brighouse – Curriculum Vitae". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Professor Diana E. Hess". The Spencer Foundation. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014. According to Harry Brighouse, Senior Advisor to the Spencer Foundation and Hess' colleague at the University of Wisconsin, "Diana is a first rate leader who...
  10. ^ "HDCA Fellows". Human Development & Capability Association. Retrieved 9 April 2014.

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